MMGY Chosen for Brand Positioning and Research Plan Initiative


The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau selected MMGY as the agency to lead the organization’s brand positioning research and plan initiative following a nationwide request for proposal.

As the official destination marketing organization for the area, this project is vital to the chamber’s long-term marketing strategy for the entire Grand Strand.

“Visit Myrtle Beach has become a powerhouse when it comes to driving visitation to our destination and creating an impressive return on investment for the community’s stakeholders,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are embarking on this project from a position of strength and with a genuine desire to keep improving our product, our promotion, our pricing strategy and our distribution.”

The chamber released the RFP nationally in March and received nine proposals that were evaluated by nine-person task force comprised of local industry experts and a few chamber staff members.

“After scoring each RFP and discussing them as a task force, we chose four finalists to make in-person presentations,” said Matt Klugman, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. “After going through the presentation phase, we knew the right partner to handle this initiative was MMGY.”

The chamber’s full board of directors voted in favor of the task force recommendation to hire MMGY in June.

“The team working on the chamber account includes our most accomplished creative and strategic thinkers,” said Katie Briscoe, president of MMGY Global. “Our approach merges research and analytics with inspired creative. It was designed to engage stakeholders throughout the process and present a brand blueprint that extends well beyond a destination’s marketing program.”

“MMGY is going to help us develop a new brand positioning strategic framework that will convey who we are and what we have to offer our visitors,” Riordan said. “We are interested in placemaking that speaks to what makes the Myrtle Beach area a great place to live, work and play. MMGY is an industry leader that can help us achieve our goals.”


Myrtle Beach Area Tourism Economic Indicators as of July 2019

Myrtle Beach Area Tourism Economic Indicators as of July 2019

What’s the state of the tourism industry in the U.S. and the Myrtle Beach area? In order to answer that question, we gathered some of the latest economic indicators for the U.S. economy, as well as the Myrtle Beach area in this July 2019 tourism economic indicators report.

MYR has Record Passenger Counts in June 2019


During June 2019, a total of 334,340 passengers passed through the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), an increase of 8.2-percent compared to June 2018.  

At MYR, total passenger traffic during June 2019, which includes enplanements and deplanements, totaled 334,340 compared to 308,927 in June 2018. The number of people arriving on flights, or deplanements, was 170,059 compared to 158,022 in 2018. 

“Since 2012, this is the eighth consecutive June with passenger count increases at the Myrtle Beach International Airport” said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports. “The month of June was exciting, six of the eight airlines operating at the Airport experienced year-over-year passenger count increases, thirty-three of the non-stop market served reported seat capacity growth, three new non-stop markets were operating and passenger counts were at an all-time high. Demand and utilization for MYR continues to increase, indicating the strength and popularity of the entire Grand Strand.”

Detailed passenger statistics are located at, under “Facts and Figures.”


About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)The Myrtle Beach International Airport is the gateway to Myrtle Beach, SC and the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines and WestJet. Learn more at:            

Visit Myrtle Beach Partners with Cocktail Artist to find America's Best Home Bartender

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You may have seen some promotions asking if you are America’s Best Home Bartender. This is one of the latest collaborations with Cocktail Artist. Cocktail Artista line of premium mixes and bar ingredients developed by award-winning mixologists, is in search of America’s Best Home Bartender in a Cocktail Mix Off competition taking place in sunny Myrtle Beach this fall.

Affordability, Accessibility and Festivals Common Themes for May 2019 PR Stories

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It’s no secret that Myrtle Beach is an affordable vacation. As many people plan there summer getaways, public relations stories featured lots of tips for planning. Several outlets focused on the affordability of Myrtle Beach as a destination while others covered what is new in Myrtle Beach in 2019, autism-friendly travel, the Carolina Country Music Festival and family travel. Here’s a roundup of some of the top Myrtle Beach stories from May 2019.

“Find Your Myrtle Beach” This Summer in South Carolina

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Known as “America’s Beach,” with its 60 miles of beautiful coastline and numerous family friendly attractions, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is launching its “Find Your Myrtle Beach” campaign in June. Meant to showcase the area’s 14 distinct communities, the Visit Myrtle Beach initiative will encourage travelers to go beyond the beaten path and explore the collection of communities that make up the larger Grand Strand. Insider tips, locals’ perspectives and a chance to win a return trip to Myrtle Beach sweeten the deal.